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Frank McGirk
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This may actually be old news, but there's a free Diplomacy game on Facebook right now.

It's my first game of Diplomacy ever, so I can't really compare and say if it's authentic, but it looks like it follows the same rules/layout of my 1979 edition.

Just one season in (and we decided to allow 3 days for turns, so it'll be a slow game), but it's cool so far.

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Rob Rob
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How do you find it?
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Yep, it's been there for a while now...I think it came out a year or two ago.

Don't know if this link will work or not: http://apps.facebook.com/phpdiplomacy/.

If it doesn't, just click on your Applications tab in the lower left hand corner, select Browse more applications, then type diplomacy in the search box in the upper left hand corner. Diplomacy should show up in the list (currently second in the list for me).
 
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I tried a few games on there. My experience is that a) negotiations are anemic drivel on par with the typical FB post, and b) there is no sense of etiquette whatsoever. These two things soured the experience for me. In my first game, the press I was receiving was rare and pathetic. In the second game, I took over a losing position - something that, on the judges, people respect - and got a lot of: 'You're losing. Don't waste my time' press. Besides being strategically stupid (a two dot power is better to have with you than against you - or at least not pissed off - in most cases), it was just rude. A lot of time, people equate Diplomacy with meanness. It is not that. Quite the opposite. Most winning players are charasmatic pursuaders with a thirst for blood. FB players seem to want to just recreate high-school cliques.


And abandoning losing positions - something taboo on the judges - is run of the mill and even accepted on FB. Crap. Total crap.


I would recommend playing on the judges. It is a bit more complicated to get up and running - but not that much - and you will find serious gamers committed to their games. I played phenomenal year-long games there with smart, vicious, and friendly (all at the same time, that is) people. Try this link to get some more info: http://www.diplom.org/Email/newbie.html
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claudio212 wrote:
I would recommend playing on the judges. It is a bit more complicated to get up and running - but not that much - and you will find serious gamers committed to their games. I played phenomenal year-long games there with smart, vicious, and friendly (all at the same time, that is) people. Try this link to get some more info: http://www.diplom.org/Email/newbie.html


Amen.

I agree with Claudio completely on this point. I played a couple games on there and had much the same experiences.

The only caveat I'd give is that it might be an ok interface for setting up games with people you already know and who already use facebook.

I personally wouldn't because there are many better places to play. But, if you know people on facebook who you'd like to play with I can see that they might find it more convenient to just play there than go somewhere else.
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The only caveat I'd give is that it might be an ok interface for setting up games with people you already know and who already use facebook.
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Good point. The interface was okay. The map was a little tough to look at. And I like to print out for bus 'reading'.
 
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